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Festival Overview 2014
Sunday, April 27th

AFTERNOON EVENING
Garden Activities 1-6pm Evening Concert 6:00-8:00pm
Afternoon Concert 3 - 4:30pm




Garden Activities and Folk Dance Mania 1-6pm

Garden Fun Activities and Folkdancing - Free Admission:

  • Traditional costume exhibit, storytelling, and the ever popular Silk Road Bazaar offering traditional clothing, handicrafts, art, and an International Food Court including Halal favorites in the beautiful gardens, plaza, and theater lobby.
  • Afternoon folk dancing with live Balkan and near east dance music by Edessa and guests, special Azerbaijani dance presentation with Chichaklar, and dance workshop with the Folkdance Federation of California.
  • Armenian concert and dance workshop with vocalist/dancer Hasmik Harutyunyan and Elliyahu Sills.
  • Enjoy a picnic with friends and family under the palm trees surrounded by roses! Bring your own family picnic, or enjoy a reasonably priced delicious Silk Road inspired meal at the International Food Court courtesy of Golnazar Gourmet Catering, Layla's Bistro, Cafe Gyros, Chutney Mary's and other specialty food vendors. Halal and vegetarian menu choices available. The International Food Court is open until 6pm. After 6pm tea and dessert is still available in the theater lobby.
  • Participate upstairs in the theater lobby in a special daf drumming workshop with Persian percussion master Pezhham Akhavass (fee based) 1:30-2:30pm, as well as a free Azerbaijani Mugham music lecture and presentation with Jeffrey Werbock from 4:00-5:30pm.

Afternoon Concert: 3 - 4:30pm

Dance and music concert with

  • Afsaneh Dance Academy
  • Amir Abbas Daf Ensemble
  • ARAX Dance
  • Hala Egyptian Dance Company
  • Pezhham Akhavass Daf Ensemble
  • Tarangini School of Kathak
  • Niosha Dance Academy
  • Chichaklar Azerbaijani Dance Group from Vancouver, Canada

Evening Concert: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Dance and music concert with

  • Ballet Afsaneh - World Premiere "Goddess Anahita/Climate Change"
  • Salar System featuring S.A.R.A Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan with Salar Nader, AJ Subat, and Qais Essar
  • Mohammad Nejad of Nejad World Music
  • Chinese Performing Arts of America
  • Zaryab Persian Music ensemble with Neema Hekmat, Amir Abbas, Aydin Kiasat & friends.
  • Mehdi Bagheri - Persian kamancheh
  • Pezhham Akhavass - Master of Persian percussion
  • Dance Artist Miriam Peretz
  • Armenian dance performed by ARAX Dance
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Evening Concert Highlights

Ballet Afsaneh - World Premiere
"Goddess Anahita/Climate Change"
Salar System featuring S.A.R.A
Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan
Mohammad Nejad
Nejad World Music
Chinese Performing Arts of America Mehdi Bagheri
Persian Kamancheh

Activities Highlights

Silk Road Traditional Costume Exhibit
All Day & Evening
Traditional Armenian Dance Workshop with Hasmik Harutyunyan Pezhham Akhavass
Persian Drumming Workshop
Folk Dances of the Silk Road and Beyond Lecture/Demo - Jeffrey Werbock Azerbaijan Mugham Music

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